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The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has had its sights on modernising and streamlining the IP procedures for a considerable length of time. However, the long-awaited introduction of the IP Code amendment, which would broaden the scope of what is protectable under IP law, has been pushed back due to the landmark presidential election, ultimately won by a member of the Marcos family. While the revision of the code is still a work in progress, on 30 June 2022, IPOPHL incorporated amendments to the rules and regulations on inter partes proceedings. Among the most notable changes is the shortening of the period to file oppositions. In other news, the office launched a new online initiative to spread IP knowledge, the IPOPHL Learning Activities Workspace. Overall, there seems to be a growing awareness of the IP issues among the general public, with the IPOPHL noticing a significant uptick in counterfeit and piracy reports from concerned netizens in late 2021.
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